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Kinvara Juvenile GAA Club AGM 12th Dec 2013

posted 2 Jan 2014, 02:35 by Garret Byrne

KINVARA JUVENILE GAA CLUB 2013 AGM 12th December 2013


Apologies Joe Quinn, Patricia Kilkelly, Ollie Bergan, Joe Byrne, Noeleen Keane, Mary Ward.

·         Attendance: Brian Crossan, Garret Byrne, Paddy Barry, Catherine Kilkelly, Enda Linnane, Fintan Connors, Michael Helebert, Tommy O Malley, Dennis O Sullivan, Joe Keane, Michael Birmingham, John Mc Donagh, Noel Birmingham, Pat Conole, David Huban, Francis Comyns, Pat Mac Sweeney, Ciaran Cunningham, Vinny Martyn, Tommy Ivers, John Rogers, Enda  Mongan, Enda Costello, Michael O Sullivan, Mike Leech, Nicola Huban, Mick O Hara, Dominic Gallagher, Collie Mc Garry

Garret opened the meeting by acknowledging the Club presidents that passed away during the year. Joe Mitchell and Michael Curtin were both remembered. Paul Conneely was also mentioned. Sympathy went to all who lost loved ones during the year.

Secretary’s report:

A comprehensive Secretary’s report was read out and is attached. Juvenile club had over 120 matches this year, 220 registered players and 17 training squads. A successful year for the club. Competed in 3 county finals and won the U16A shield Final.

Treasurer’s report

Paddy Barry presented the years accounts to the meeting.

·         Club is in a good position with all bills paid.

·         Closing balance of €1441.13 on 30/11/13

·         Looking at T shirts this year with membership.

·         Possibly need to get a set of jerseys for U8’s.

·         Lotto intake is falling, could be a problem if it continues.

·         Will review fundraising to take pressure off the community.

Chairman’s report

·         Garret Byrne welcomed President of club Catherine Kilkelly.

·         Thanked Mick O Hara and Enda Mongan for all the photography with the club , important for the future generations.

·         Thanked Patricia Kilkelly Welfare officer : a number of incidents during the year and were professionally dealt with

·         A 2 day referring course was held, important to train up as many coaches as possible, not covered by insurance if course is not done.

·         Thanked Barry O Driscoll club registrar. Excellent work.

·         Thanked John Mc Donagh and Vinny Martyn our Club delegates to the county board.

·         Thanked Johnny Donoghue our pitch coordinator.

·         Thanked all the organisers of the St Patricks day parade.

·         Thanked Mike and John Burke for their support to the club.

·         Pointed out that there is circuit training for the U16 squad over the winter and is proving popular and worthwhile.

·         €5640 raised so far in King and Queen of the castle.

·         Excellent to be playing U16A and to win the shield final. Best game was the comeback against Gort in the semi final.

·         U12 and U13 footballers did really well this year.

·         U14 hurling lost to Mullagh in the shield final

·         La Na gClug: Possibly the best two games played in the La Na gClub competition to date. Highly competitive.

·         Extra coaching: Pilot scheme: mainly in kinvara NS, need to push it out to the other 2 schools, need to link into Seamount as all our players are now students there.

·         Need to set up an U10 subcommittee that helps run blitz’s, tournaments and helps organise events such as St Patricks day, La Na gClub and match days.

·         May need to get our own pitch manager.

Officers were elected

Michael O Sullivan was elected as honorary President alongside Catherine Kilkelly.

1.      Brian Crossan elected Chairperson

2.      Dennis O Sullivan elected Secretary

3.      Paddy Barry elected Treasurer

Other positions and officers are outlined in the report below

Other speakers

Joe Keane wished Brian all the best in the job as Chair for the coming year.

Mike Birmingham thanked Garret for all the great work

Dominic Gallagher praised all the work being done in St Josephs by Mike Helebert and said it is working really well, long may it continue.

Juvenile Club President: Catherine Kilkelly/ Michael O Sullivan
Juvenile Club Chairperson: Brian Crossan 087-7536949
Juvenile Club Secretary: Dennis O Sullivan
Juvenile Club Treasurer: Paddy Barry 087-9185309
Children’s Welfare Officer: Patricia Kilkelly 087-9729984
Hurling Delegate: John McDonagh 087-6524430
Football Delegate: : Tommie Ivers 087-7972295
PRO: Enda Mongan 087-9095566
School Liaison Officers: Michael Helebert 087-8381891 and Joe Quinn 087-2639589
Juvenile Registrar: Barry O'Driscoll 087-2926018

Election of team managers

Juvenile Hurling Managers

U16 Hurling: Dominic Gallagher
U15 Hurling: Brian Connolly 087-6836916
U14 Hurling: Francis Comyn 087-1688375
U13 Hurling: Francis Comyn 087-1688375
U12 Hurling: Barry O’Driscoll 087-2926018
U10 Hurling: Enda Costello 087-2240209
U8 / 1st Class Hurling: Michael Leech 086-1536988
U7/Senior Infants: Ciaran Cunningham 087-9985398
U6/Junior Infants: Ciaran Cunningham 087-9985398

 Community Games: Enda Costello 087-2240209

Juvenile Football Managers

U16 Football: n/a
U14 Football: Tommie Ivers 087-7972295
U13 Football: Tommy O'Malley 087-6503526
U12 Football: Mike Heavey 087-6487698
U10 Football: Vinny Martyn 086 3121818
U8 / 1st Class Football: Pat Conole 087-2682439
U7/Senior Infants Football: John Rogers
U6/Junior Infants Football: John Rodgers 086-2205212
Community Games Football: Vinnie Martyn 086-3121818



12th  December 2013

Prepared for the club AGM


Up on 190 registered players on the Juvenile club in 2013. We had 17 training squads this year from under 16 down with 120 matches played between hurling and football.

Junior infant’s registration day.

A very successful fun day was held on the astro turf and in St Josephs NS hall to encourage junior infants to join in for a taster session. We had 26 junior infants this year, the number fluctuated during the year but it is a very healthy number to work with for the future.

Hoddies/Helmets were available on the day, parents were encouraged to stay for a cup of tea and a chat.

La Na gClub

Toddie Byrne Cup - U13 Hurling:
Simon Whelan's team beat Luke Connors team.

Dr. McCarthy Cup - U16 Hurling
Thomas Fordham's team beat Owen Whelan’s team.

Cul Camps

Up to 90 turned up for the hurling Cul camp. On time first day the instructors were a big short staffed but this was rectified for day 2. A very successful week over all and it was very impressive to see all the players in their matching jerseys, shorts and socks at the end of the week, well done to all involved.

Football Cul camps ran from the 12th to the 16th August with healthy numbers taking part.



We are in the middle of the fundraiser King and Queen of the castle. A significant amount of work was put into it by the committee and I would like to thank them on behalf of the club for all their efforts. Very successful Table quiz that had a record 35 plus tables, Last man standing with over 250 tickets sold at €10, Box of balls also capturing the imagination. The funds are all going towards the development of the second pitch which will benefit all our present and future players.

There will be a need to fund raise each year to enable the project to be a success; we will be working on ideas in the New Year.

County development squads

We had a number of players from the club involved in the county development squads; it was a great experience for them and is a boost to the club. Well done to all who attended the County training sessions.

Under 14 Neil Huban, Colm Keady Taabal and Brendan Connolly

Under 15 Conor O Shea

Under 16 Ollie Niland, James Cronin Rogers

While several others also got coaching at Regional Developments Squads. 

Club referees

I would like to thank all the club referees that helped out sometimes at short notice. Without referees we would not be able to play the games. John McDonagh, Ger Connors, Francis Comyn and Conor Kavanagh refereed club games. A number of other club member’s refereed blitz’s and Go games


School coaching

Juvenile club and the camogie club combined to facilitate extra coaching in the 3 feeder primary schools ; St Joseph’s, Northampton and Doorus. Thank you to Michael Helebert for the work done.


 Managers of the various age groups in hurling and football worked well as units, there is a clear need to have a good team of adults involved at each age level. We would recommend that 5 to 6 adults be involved actively to ensure full potential can be achieved from training and in match situations.






Review of Hurling year

Under 6

Large numbers attending training sessions, up to 26 at times, healthy for the future, a mixture of junior and senior infants.  Players are divided in their class groups not necessarily by their age.

A number of Go Games were played during the year. Will be an intake of the next class group this year.

Under 8 and under 10 player 15 plus games between Go games, challenges and Blitz’s. There are good numbers coming through and alot of good hurlers.

Under 11

A good year for the squad with a number of wins under their belt.  In the community Kinvara beat Ballinasloe only to lose out to Athenry in the next round.

A very successful blitz was organised by the U11 management team in Kinvara which hosted Gort, Clarenbridge, Craughwell, Carnmore, and Salthill

Under 12

It was a very positive year for this age group with 10 wins during the year. The team reached the Aer Lingus group semi final and the Lynskey cup semi final only to lose out to Ardrahan in both games.

Under 13

The U13’s competed in the Joe Cillane cup , the championship and had a good battle with Abbeyknockmoy in the shield semi final. Not many wins at this age group.

Under 14

The U14’s have really developed as a unit. All players have developed massively. They play as a unit and will keep on improving.

They were leading at half time in the majority of their matches but lost momentum in the second half. Had some good wins against Tommy Larkins and Mullagh in the championship and were unlucky in a number of other games.

Had a great win against Oranmore in the shield semi final having lost to them in the championship earlier only to lose out narrowly to Mullagh in a great Shield Final. The experience of getting to a final will stand to this group of players.

Under 15

The under 15’s had a disappointing year but with all the championship matches being played over one weekend it does not give a true reflection of the capabilities of this group of players. A number of players were unavailable or injured and if they were available we possible would have come out with a least 2 wins instead of 3 defeats

Under 16

The U16 had a good a start to the year and a strong finish. A number of wins in challenge games at the start of the season against Mellows and Oranmore-Maree were good indicators.

There were some great games in the championship with Kinvara losing out narrowly in a number of games. Injuries and unavailability of players didn’t help the squad.

Great credit has to go to the players and the management team for regrouping after the championship and getting it right for the Shield.

The under 16’s had a great end to the year with great wins over Gort in the shield semi final and a 2-12 to 1-10 win over Killimor in the shield final.


20 wins from under 12 to under 16’s versus 38 loses at these age group I feel does not reflect on the amount of games that were narrowly lost or on the scenarios that presented to management when players were injured or unavailable.

Overall a successful year for the Juvenile hurling club with 3 Finals being reached at under 12 under 14 and under 16. Silverware coming home with the Under 16’s.

Competitive at all grades and some fine skilful and promising hurlers coming through.

Competing at A grade for alot of our players will stand to them when they progress up the age groups

Big numbers every Tuesday for the younger age groups which will feed up in the next few year. The challenge is to hold the numbers and to have the correct structures in place to get the most out of the squads


Football review

Under 6, 8 and 10

A number of Go Games, and Challenge games were organised for this age group against Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Craughwell, Claregalway and Athenry.

Under 11

One challenge match was played against Ballinasloe

Under 12

The under 12’s had a very successful year and had some great wins against Loughrea, Athenry, Clarenbridge, Mountbellew and Cusacks.

To have 5 wins out of 6 games is a very good result and shows a good group of players going up to U13 next year.

Under 13

A good year for the under 13’s with all games at this age group being very competitive and close fought games.

Three good wins against Claregalway, Dunmore and Caltra being the highlights of the year.


A big thank you to all the managers and trainers, we don’t say it often enough.

Thank you to our Juvenile club officers and delegate to the county board, School liaison officers etc and all who helped out in any way during the year.